DAV testified this week before the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee in opposition of new proposed age standards for determining eligibility for veterans’ individual unemployability (IU) benefits.
In June, the Government Accountability Office’s IU Report identified several options to revise IU eligibility requirements. Included among these options was suspending IU payments to veterans who have passed Social Security’s full retirement age (between 65 to 67, depending on the beneficiaries’ birth year).
DAV strongly opposes any legislation or recommendation that would restrict entitlement to IU on the basis of age, and opposes the offset or reduction of IU benefits to a disabled veteran simply because they are in receipt of separate benefits under any other federal program.
“Age is not a determining factor in IU, nor should it be,” said Assistant National Legislative Director Paul Varela during testimony. “While compensation is an age-neutral benefit, common sense suggests that age should be a factor in determining whether vocational rehabilitation is feasible, for reason that the effects of age diminish human faculties.”
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